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Hand-made Gear

Postby spiffyguido » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:30 pm

I just stumbled upon an interesting site that I thought I'd share:

https://www.goruck.com/

I haven't bought anything from them yet, but the reviews I read around the net are overwhelmingly positive, so the next time I need a bag, I'll probably buy from them.

On a personal note, I'll add that my experience when dealing with small home-brew companies has always been positive. In a world where good people are losing their livelihood when big multinationals offshore their jobs, businesses like this are becoming increasingly important to local economies. Jason, the owner of GoRuck, is running a business in the USA and seems to be producing some very high quality products. If you're in the market for some new gear, it's always worth seeing what can be sourced locally before you go marching off to North Face (who has many of their products made overseas). You will never get as good a product from a large company when compared to an item hand-made by someone who cares about what they do, full stop.

I'll add that, environmentally speaking, buying a quality item also makes sense. I've carried the same backpack for 12 years. Yes, you read that correctly. 12 years. One backpack. Every day. It's traveled 4 continents with me and it still looks brand new. I don't baby it, it just happens to be exceptionally well made, which means my 'backpack-raw-materials-footprint' in the Earth remains small. Perhaps a stupid example, but you get the point.

Anyway, while I'm on the topic, a few other brands that have impressed me.

http://cydwoq.com

I have personal experience with cydwoq, and yes, their shoes are worth every penny. I know putting a $300 pair of boots on your feet might seem strange but when the boots last longer than you do (if cared for) then it all starts to make sense. Plus, you get the added benefit of giving your hard-earned money to another hard-working person rather than a big company.

Others I've kept my eye on (not all USA):

http://www.theboardsmith.com/

As a cooking enthusiast, the above is of great interest to me. I haven't forked up the cash for one of his boards yet, but I will. I have, however, seen one and they look fantastic.

http://www.altberg.co.uk/

Altberg recently gained some fame for being the boot worn by the first man to walk the entire length of the Amazon river (~6000km in the jungle, I think). Proof enough for me.
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Re: Hand-made Gear

Postby RedRacer » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:23 am

Great info and sites Spiffy! Thanks for sharing.

While familiar with GoRuck, I've never bought any of their products, at least not yet. Lifetime guarantee means a lot to me and made here at home instead of overseas in a sweat shop/factory and of poor quality.

I will check out the boots at both places. Always looking for something good and durable for my feet and my comfort when out of doors.

Just got back from some backwoods hiking and gemstone hunting in northern Georgia - could have used some of all of this stuff over the weekend. (well, I don't know that the cutting boards would have come in very handy :shock: )

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Re: Hand-made Gear

Postby spiffyguido » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:35 am

Sounds like you need some boots from AltBerg if you're out roaming the bush. Cydwoq boots are city boots.
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